Without a doubt the most encouraging and motivating factor in advancing your life is the tangible evidence and feeling that you are growing. Advancement and growth are the most rewarding parts of life. In fact, God made you and first commanded you to be fruitful and multiply. Sure, He was talking about babies, but he was also talking about pro-creating! What has God called you to create? A company? A product? Are you to create a new innovation? How about a new ministry? How about reshaping a current one? Are you pro-creation?
My daughter Seven is growing fast. I can’t stop her, she keeps getting bigger and bigger, talking more and more. Her vocabulary is continuing to develop. Recently we started her in swim lessons; she started school a couple days a week. She even puts on her backpack and yells, “School time!”
I want to challenge you with this question, What time is it in your life?
Is it time for you to grow up? Is it time for you to advance your passion to do something for Jesus Christ? Are there areas of your life you need to mature in, gain a new vocabulary? So many times we can live life the same year in and year out; one obvious area, our relationships with people remain the same, even worse, our relationship with Jesus and others remains unchanged.
As a pastor I often feel like my job is to help people grow by growing their relationship with Jesus. Yet, I’ve discovered growth is not a one way street. I can’t make anyone grow. It takes initiative. It requires a burning desire on the part of the one who wants to grow. It also takes a plan. I am going to lay out a plan for different types of people. Skip down, if you want to grow, and read the section that most applies to you. Hopefully it will help you take the initiative to grow into who you desire to be.
Just Connecting to The Rock Church, may be a believer, may not be.
First off, welcome. Welcome to one of the greatest groups of people on the planet, the local church. TRC people absolutely love you. Here is what I think you need to do to move your journey forward. First, to get what you want you have to re-prioritize your life. You must decide to make Sunday church a part of your schedule. You must add/delete some people from your life. Add some people at TRC to your contact list, Facebook, Twitter and engage them. Delete some people who you know will drag you backward. Also, You must make time to read your bible. Another practical idea, in times of confusion or doubt you must remember you are the one, not God, who is confused. Never give up! Find a place in your church to share your story, share your life and serve. There is no greater place to advance your story than the local church.
The Rock Church is your church.
Are you serving anywhere? Are you giving regularly? Are you inviting people to experience God? To grow further you will need to step up your game a bit. Most of us are super busy already. Work and family dominate our calendar, so sometimes your spiritual journey can take a back seat to other important tasks. If you feel this way, that’s perfect, because here is where you can advance. When you read Genesis there was not a distinction between family, work and worship! God expected all three to coexist in unison. I believe you can’t have a great family life without a great church life. Nor can you have a great work life without a great family life. Nor can you have a great work life without a great church life. If one is missing none are complete. God designed us to master all three areas. Too many times I see people sacrifice one of the three areas in the name of protecting another. It cannot be done while advancing at the same time. Here is my recommendation. Learn to master the season you are in. If it’s busy then master it. If it’s calm then master that too.
You feel under-utilized in the Kingdom.
I’ve felt this way before, so I know the frustration. First off, are you tithing? Are you helping someone else’s dream? Do you serve anyone who can’t pay you back? I’ve learned, what I make happen for others God will make happen for me. Is your Kingdom motivation obvious? If not, then do those few things beginning today. If yes, then it’s time for you to tell your leaders you are ready to be equipped at a higher level! It’s time to come out from behind the safe zone and really throw yourself into leading other people. There is a great sense of purpose and destiny when you throw yourself into the success of people. Identify who can unlock your potential. Then sit with them and ask them to help you unleash the dream in your heart! But be ready, if you ask a high-caliber person to help you, get ready to work for it. There are no shortcuts to experiencing the thrill of being fulfilled in the Kingdom!
You feel like the best of times are behind you.
This is usually due to some change or loss you’ve experienced. I too have experienced these feelings and they can be crippling. Do not allow yourself to stay in this state too long. It’s time to really voice your heart in these matters, and get the prayer and support you need to advance from this season. Too long here can be debilitating. Do not let that happen. Tell someone who can encourage, pray and motivate you to pick it up and get after it. You’ve done some great things, but I believe the best is yet to come from you! I especially would want someone who’s hit home-runs for their church in the past, but is on the side-lines now to know it’s not over. Time to lace up the cleats and get back in the game.
You feel like you are gaining momentum and are ready to fly!
I especially want to know. Send me some correspondence about your passion and excitement. Hopefully I can direct you to a “dream-releaser” on our team who can help you set the people of The Rock Church and our cities on fire for God! Also, we are working on some exciting things as the fall starts. We want you to be a part of it. Step forward and share your heart! We feel like The Rock Church is getting ready for the greatest season of our lives!